In the recent past we have seen team South Africa struggling a lot in getting their form right. Especially after the retirement of AB De Villiers the team has lost the winning momentum. Who can forget their disastrous performance in the 2019 World cup edition? Earlier, Faf has hinted his retirement from all form of International cricket. That’s open the door for Quniton De Kock to grab the captaincy for South Africa. He was the sole performer from the team along with Kagiso Rabada for last couple of seasons.
Cricket South Africa’s director Graeme Smith has mentioned. “We all know the quality of the player that Quinton de Kock has grown to become. Over the years we have watched him grow in confidence and become one of the top ODI wicket-keeper batsmen in the world. He has a unique outlook and manner in which he goes about his business and is tactically very street smart.”
Let’s have a look into De kock stats. After making debut in 2013 this dashing wicket keeper batsman has played in 46 tests and scored 2819 runs with an average of 38.6. He has 5 test ton and 20 test fifties in his name.
In ODI he batted in 115 innings and made 4907 runs with an impressive average of 45. He has 14 ODI centuries and 24 half centuries to add to his records. In T20 he has scored over 1000 runs in 38 matches with 4 half centuries.
He played his last ODI against Australia on 6th July 2019 and we will now be seeing him in a new role against England in the upcoming 3 match ODI series starts from 4th February 2019. After their 2-1 Test series defeat against England De kock’s main objective will be to save the one dayer’s. Later these two teams will also fight for 3 T20’s starting 12th Feb 2019.
The ODI squad is as follows: : Quinton de Kock (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jon Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne.
All the best to De kock with his new journey.